Wednesday, July 28th, 2004 • No Comments on Summer Can’t Be Over Soon Enough
Summer at the library is in full swing and I’m ready for it to be over. My tolerance level for anyone under thirteen is at an all-time low, which is terribly unfair to the kids since it’s really the parents I am fed up with. I am no longer astonished by the lousy parenting skills of the people who bring their kids to (or worse, drop their kids off at) the library, I’m just disgusted.
Since summer started, I have seen kids too young to memorize their own phone number left alone in the library. I’ve cleaned up puke and other assorted messes of kids whose parents think I’m their personal maid. I have been treated like a daycare worker by indignant parents and grandparents who think I should know where their children are even when they don’t. I have reshelved stacks of books that were carelessly knocked down and then left on the floor, despite mom or grandma sitting less than four feet away. I have had adults treat me with incredible rudeness and then had their children treat me the same way. For every parent who is responsible, polite and intelligent enough to insist her child act appropriately in the library, there are twenty who are loud, rude and oblivious to anyone or anything except their own selfish needs.
Kids learn by observation and imitation. Unfortunately, the majority of children I see at the library have lousy role models.
On that note, I’m off to face the chaos once more.